Wednesday, April 18, 2012

On Reading Stein : Sina Queyras : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

In which I recount reading Stein at Poetry Foundation and upon reflection, do so with altogether too many "I"s. Ick. Bad Poet. Bad.

For the record, here is how I chose to read the poem:

Mama loves you best because you are Spanish
Mama loves you best /because you are Spanish
Spanish /or which/ or a day
But /whether or /which or /is languish
Which or /which /is not Spanish
Which or /which not a way
They will be manage /or Spanish
They will be which /or which manage
Which will they /or which to say
That they will /which which /they manage
They need /they plead/ they will indeed
Never to which /which they will need
Which is which is not Spanish
Fifty which vanish /which which /is not Spanish

On Reading Stein : Sina Queyras : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

1 comment:

gary barwin said...

Hi Sina,

I've been meaning to write about Canadian composer Peter Hatch and his explorations of the syntax and repetitions of Gertrude Stein. But, until I do, I thought you might be interested in these link:

Peter Hatch: A talk about time. And syntax in music.
http://web.wlu.ca/music/Hatch/textDetails.php?writ=13
(with mention of Stein.)

The program note about his Stein 'transcription' piece and an audio excerpt:
http://web.wlu.ca/music/Hatch/details.php?comp=29

--Gary